May 28, 2011 Subject:
An acquired taste, especially for old school silent comedy. As in all these shorts;bizarre, weird, surreal, makes no sense BUT entertaining as hell. Worth watching if you're into this humor....
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten -
January 17, 2011 Subject:
Hornets nest in the pants
Well that would certainly send anyone to the hospital and you'd know it LONG before you pulled em up..I know..I stepped on one when i was a kid and knew it the very second i did because the sound was absolutely sickening..
Be that as it may..the lameness of the jokes was funnier than the jokes themselves.
May 7, 2006 Subject:
Wacky Mack Sennett comedy from the early sound era involving an elopement, a chase by an angry father and a rival suitor, a cow costume, a car stalling on the railroad tracks, a justice of the peace in a steam cabinet, some golfers, and a beehive that goes down the rival suitorÂs pants. Many of the individual gags fall flat, but the overall silliness of the proceedings and the fast pace make this pretty amusing anyway. There is a real 20s feeling to this film, which is rare in a sound film.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ***.
August 26, 2004 Subject:
The sequence with the car stuck on the rail track is genuinely exciting due to the shots (low angle as train goes over camera) and editing. As are the trademark Sennett undercranked car chase sequences.
There is some slightly suggestive humour, with the short-sighted farmhand going to milk the cow, with the girl under the cow hide and Jim starting his tribute to Homer his 'great pal' in a emotional high-pitched voice.
However the funniest moment for me is the cow driving the car. Variations of which have featured in TV shows (especially BBC) ever since: pantomime horse driving car in Monty Python, pantomime horse riding real horse in Hi-De-Hi. Also I was struck by how much the older man with beard and spectacles was like Jack Haig in Allo Allo, especially in the golf course scenes.
Interesting to see silent stars adapting to sound. Also adventurous use of location sound and dubbing considering this was 1929.
The image quality is not bad. It's a shame there are so many breaks and broken sprockets. Though the points at which the film actually rolls up the screen somehow add to the madness of the whole thing.
The bees nest scenes towards the end continue on too long and aren't quite so amusing.
But this will definitely whet your appetite to see more Mack Sennett films.
August 23, 2004 Subject:
How to tell if you'll like this movie
If your idea of comedy is having a bee hive fall into someone's pants, this movie is for you.
Mack Sennett was best known for his silent comedies. This movie obviously has it's roots in the silent movies, complete with a "car stuck on the railroad tracks" scene. Somehow, a car narrowly avoiding a train is a bit more impressive when you know that no special effects were used, and that the car was made in 1929.
August 10, 2004 Subject:
This movie will appeal to 2 types of people !..The Sophisticates, as representes by television,s Frasier and his brother. Between giggles,they will be sneering and saying "so this is what the common people like" 2..People without pretensions. They will know this film requires an audience. So with a few friends, a barbeque meal and some beers(or whatever) they will have some hearty laughs as they watch this 20 minute ,75 year old crazy comedy